An amateur German filmmaker becomes infatuated with a tire shop's mural. She decides to embark on a search for the artist and in the process, makes her first documentary film. The more she investigates this mundane subject, the further she becomes entangled in a web of tire shop mysteries.
THIS MY FAVORITE MURAL
THIS MY FIRST DOCUMENTARY
With an extensive background in experimental short narrative and immersive, interactive cinema, Arcos has fused his experimental sensibilities and Latino heritage to make this docu-fiction short film, THIS MY FAVORITE MURAL, which marks his first foray into documentary film.
Arcos uses the voice of a fictionalized narrator – an amateur German filmmaker – as he embarks on a journey to find the artist behind some eccentric, haunting murals that decorate a series of tire shops in New Orleans. As he explores the winding, mundane mystery, an underlying commentary on immigration in the South, and the fear and vulnerability of undocumented workers, begins to take shape.
While Arcos did eventually find the muralist, the artist, an illegal immigrant that’s been living and working in New Orleans for over 10 years, is never named or featured in the film.
The film, a poetic document of the anonymity and fear imposed on a vast group of people in the U.S., ruminates on the important, ever-relevant subject of illegal immigration.
-Motion Picture Association of Honduras